A man who swindled 12 people out of almost €30,000 in a Dublin apartment scam has pleaded guilty to additional fraud charges.

Joseph O'Connor, 49, originally from Ballyfermot but currently of no fixed abode, admitted in court to using forged bank drafts to buy two vehicles in 2007 and possessing a fake driving licence.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that O'Connor was an alcoholic who was now homeless and living in the care of the Simon Community.

The court was also told that he had waged a long battle against alcohol and depression.

The court previously heard evidence that O'Connor had defrauded 12 potential tenants of deposits and a month's advance rent after showing them around a Dublin 4 apartment.

A garda inspector told the court that when the people turned up at the apartment they found neither the keys nor digital code worked.

The court heard that gardaí received confidential intelligence identifying O'Connor as the culprit.

Judge Katherine Delahunt adjourned sentencing on all charges until October on the strict condition that O'Connor continues to attend a full time residential treatment programme and remain alcohol-free.

O'Connor, who has a string of previous convictions, was remanded on bail.

The court heard that he was sorry for his actions.